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  1. dub2nc
    06-29-2008 04:39 AM - permalink
    Thanks Mary, that helps. I grew up in a VERY small town in North Dakota, so I can handle the small town action (and the cold). My adult life has been spent predominantly in more urban areas so I like to be close enough to a city for shopping, dining out, etc. So Milton sounds like a good choice for us (also, hubby will be working in Williston for a year, and then St. Albans). My daughter (one and only) will also be entering high school in the fall. Do you know if the school offers any kind of advanced placement courses, or IB courses? We emailed the school directly, but haven't heard back from them yet. I know you haven't had first hand experience with the HS yet, but just wanted to check and see if you knew. Thanks for your help.
  2. Mary77
    06-28-2008 09:46 AM - permalink
    Well, first I should tell you that my oldest son is entering his first year of high school in the Fall. So I can't speak from experience on that yet. I guess the best I can offer is my reason for feeling comfortable having my son in this school next year. Milton is a small town where it is easy to get to know people. A lot of the teachers who teach in the Milton school system either grew up here and/or live here and have kids who attend Milton schools. Because of this, the schools mirror the small town close-knit atmosphere in Milton. A lot of people in this town have relatives who live close by, so it is a very family oriented environment. There is only one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. So the same kids attend class together year after year and develop lifetime friendships and they often get to know their friends siblings also. In the past, Milton schools had a bad reputation, I think because this was a rural, undeveloped area. My guess is that there wasn't enough tax revenue to attract the type of teachers that some of the other towns were getting. In the last few years things have change a lot. Since Milton is one of the last few towns within a reasonable distance of Burlington that still has affordable land to develop, this is where a lot of home builders are focusing their effort. Because of this, we have seen a number of very nice neighborhoods being developed that have attracted more "middle-class" and "financially comfortable" retirees. And I assume this has raised more tax revenue and made Milton a more attractive place for teachers to live and work. I also come in contact with a lot of the high school kids in Milton because they work in the grocery store, movie rental store, etc. and they are always nice, decent kids who seem to come from good homes. I wish I could say more about the academics because that's probably what you were looking for but I haven't experienced that yet. But personally, I think if a high school student has an environment that they consider to be safe, and they feel that their teachers care, than that is a good recipe for success.

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